Digital radiography, otherwise known as an x-ray, uses an electronic sensor to capture images of the mouth that often go unseen by the naked eye. X-rays are essential because they reveal what is going on in between the teeth and underneath the gums. As a result, conditions like bone loss, cysts, cancerous and non-cancerous tumors, decay and more are exposed in the digital images. This helps the doctor to properly develop a treatment plan to fix the abnormalities and restore your child’s smile back to its full health!
Early Cavity Detection
Over time, if harmful bacteria builds in your mouth and is not treated, then it could damage the enamel of your teeth, resulting in a cavity. If the cavity is not spotted early, then it will continue to grow, causing more damage to your overall health. This is why it is essential to discover cavities as soon as possible. Once a cavity is detected early on, it becomes easier to treat.
However, even with a trained eye, dentists can have a hard time finding a new cavity. X-rays can find cavities, but only when they have grown to the point where it is pretty bad. The most effective way to detect cavities is by using a cavity-detecting laser. The procedure is painless as it causes no discomfort and there is no heat required. The mouth is illuminated by a light that reveals the beginnings of a cavity as the damaged parts of the enamel will shine differently compared to the rest of the teeth. To promote a healthy mouth in your child, it is important to discover cavities early and to have them treated as soon as possible.
How to Care for Your Child’s Teeth
Establishing healthy oral habits in your child as soon as possible is imperative for them having good oral health in their future. If their baby teeth are properly taken care of, then it is highly likely that their adult teeth, once they grow in, will be healthy as well, causing them less oral problems and pain down the road.
One of the ways that you can set up your child’s oral health for success is by brushing their teeth twice a day. Also, regular dental visits with your child’s dentist will help keep their growing smile on the right track. If you want to take the extra step, ask your dentist about sealants, which is a special coating that is put on the teeth that help protect the mouth from harmful bacteria. The fluoride treatment as well has been proven effective in combating the growth of bacteria that can harm the mouth. Don’t wait, give your child the keys to good oral health today!
Tooth decay is one of the most common illnesses that affect humans. Many parents are under the impression that it is mainly caused by sugar and, as a result, restrict sugar from their child’s diet. While sugar is a contributing factor, the reality is that tooth decay can come from many different things. The best way to combat this illness and prevent it from affecting your child is by establishing good oral habits, such as brushing and flossing daily. Without these healthy habits, harmful bacteria will build in the mouth, eventually causing plaque, which can only be removed by the dentist. Help your child to succeed by instilling good oral habits early on!
Treating Children With Disabilities
Everyone deserves to have access to dental care. Children with disabilities are no exception. Our practice, as always, is to welcome every individual and make sure that they are comfortable and are treated with equal respect and care.
One of the ways you as parents can help us is by taking the necessary steps required to comfort your child before you come to our office. Dental visits can be intimidating to some people, especially children. Set your child up for success by making frequent visits to the dentist so they can become familiar with the environment. We also ask that you keep us informed. If there is a specific requirement you or your child require, let us know and we would be happy to serve you.
Your Child’s First Exam
When it comes to dental visits, we encourage you to bring in your child for dental checkups as soon as possible. Many institutions even suggest that children should have their teeth checked as soon as their first tooth comes in. It may sound too early, but the truth is that it is never too early to start healthy oral habits. The reality is, many kids develop cavities before the age of four. If not treated soon, then the cavities could grow and infect more teeth, affecting the overall health of your child’s mouth. Don’t hesitate, protect your child’s oral health by giving us a call to set up your child’s first exam today!